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Rare Photos of Adolf Eichmann Re-Released by LIFE Magazine

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Photo taken during the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Photo: wiki commons.

On the 50th anniversary of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann’s execution, rare photographs of the man considered to be the architect of the Holocaust have been re-released by Time-Life.

The photos include Eichmann receiving a medical exam, walking inside the prison grounds, washing floors, reading, writing, and sitting in the exercise ground, all inside the Israeli prison in which he was held following his capture in Argentina, 15 years after the end of World War II.

A photograph of Eichmann walking inside a fenced off area, accompanied by 2 guards, has a caption which reads “Barbed wire his victims once knew now confined his walks.”

It was in the April 1961 issue of LIFE Magazine in which the photographs were originally published – one year and one month before Eichmann’s conviction and eventual hanging.

Another photograph features Eichmann being given a piece of matzah (unleavened bread) by a prison guard during the week of Passover.

“Once in a while some great man becomes the symbol of the era in which he lived. Less often one man becomes the symbol of a quality of his era – of its good or evil, its reason or madness,” LIFE Magazine wrote in it’s April 1961 issue which accompanied the photos of Eichmann taken by Gjon Mili.

“Such a man is Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi, a symbol of the hatred and unspeakable hideousness of Hitler’s Germany.”

To view the photos, click here.

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